InternetNZ invites US into dispute

InternetNZ is to appeal to the US Department of Commerce for help in smoothing over the niggles between itself and the international internet control body Icann.

InternetNZ is to appeal to the US Department of Commerce for help in smoothing over the niggles between itself and the international internet control body Icann.

The local organisation will seek the department’s help in overcoming “the refusal of Icann to update the contact details for InternetNZ in the IANA database and Root Server A”, the new InternetNZ council decided at its first meeting earlier this month.

The problems stem, according to InternetNZ officials, from its and many other national agencies’ refusal to sign a standard contract with Icann which they see as containing unacceptable terms (see NZ net name changes suffer from Icann policy). Icann, they say, is hitting back by refusing service.

The meeting, the first after the annual general meeting at which new councillors were elected, also received the report of the oversight committee for the .nz domain and its discussions with the recently appointed Domain Name Commission, the new body for coordinating domain name registrations.

The DNC is tackling the question of the apportionment of existing domain names to name registrars under the new shared registry system (SRS).

“Currently, Domainz is the only party who can make changes to the data on the .nz register,” says domain name commissioner Debbie Monaghan. “When the SRS is operational, authorised registrars will be able to access ‘their’ names and maintain details, register new domain names etc.

“The issue is, as registrars are authorised, what happens to the management of current domain names? Who is responsible for these? The legal opinion [obtained from Andrew Brown, QC] addresses this matter,” Monaghan says, but its content will stay under wraps for the time being.

It is expected this legal advice will be made public at the same time as the procedures so that people can see the basis behind the conclusions, Monaghan says.

Former InternetNZ secretary Frank March has been appointed head of the .nz oversight committee. The meeting also confirmed the heads of InternetNZ’s other committees and instructed them to provide “detailed terms of reference” and memberships of their committees.

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